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Democracy Now! Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Published May 5, 2010


* BP: Spill Could Be Ten Times Current Estimate
* US: Suspect Admits to Failed Times Square Bombing
* NY Officials Push for Expanded Surveillance
* Greeks Protest Austerity Measures with National Strike
* Ahmadinejad: Sanctions Would Hurt US More Than Iran
* Israeli Settlers Accused of Burning West Bank Mosque
* EPA Delays Move on Classifying Coal Ash as Hazardous Waste
* Phoenix Suns to Protest Arizona Anti-Immigrant Law
* Arizona Measure Could Ban Ethnic Studies Program
* Plant Overlooked Contaminated Materials in Children’s Medicines
* Democracy Now! Files Lawsuit over RNC Arrests

* Amy-arrest
Amy Goodman and Democracy Now! Producers File Lawsuit over RNC Arrests

Democracy Now! host and executive producer Amy Goodman, along with producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar, are filing a federal lawsuit today that challenges the police crackdown on journalists at the Republican National Convention in 2008. [includes rush transcript]
* Deepwaterhorizon-fire
BP Oil Spill Highlights Poor Safety Record, the Worst of Any Oil Company in America

"BP is a London-based oil company with one of the worst safety records of any oil company operating in America," says Tyson Slocum of Public Citizen. "In just the last few years, BP has paid $485 million in fines and settlements to the US government for environmental crimes, willful neglect of worker safety rules, and penalties for manipulating energy markets." We speak with Slocum and with an attorney representing several workers who survived the blast that sank BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig. He’s also representing the wife of one of the eleven workers now presumed dead who is filing a lawsuit accusing BP of negligence. [includes rush transcript]
* Bp-greenwash
BP Funnels Millions into Lobbying to Influence Regulation and Rebrand Image

We speak with Antonia Juhasz, author of The Tyranny of Oil: The World’s Most Powerful Industry – And What We Must Do To Stop It. "The entire oil industry, will continue to use its vast wealth—unequaled by any global industry—to escape regulation, restriction, oversight and enforcement," Juhasz writes. "BP, now the source of the last two great deadly US oil industry explosions, has shown us that this simply cannot be permitted." [includes rush transcript]
* Timessq
US Says Suspect Admits to Failed Times Square Bombing

The US government says the suspect in Saturday’s failed Times Square car bombing has admitted to carrying out the attempted attack. Thirty-year-old Faisal Shahzad was charged Tuesday in a federal court in Manhattan with five counts, including attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and transporting an explosive device with the intent to kill. [includes rush transcript]

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